Team Acme is not a mechanic shop. Our focus has always been auto glass repair, window tint, and vehicle wraps. But as one of the only AGRSS certified shops in Vegas area, our number one priority is and has always been vehicle safety. Sometimes what seems like a small problem with your car can turn into a bigger problem down the road – literally. Part of being a responsible car owner is doing routine maintenance and preventative care, which is why we want to share a few tips with you to make sure that your car keeps running and you and your passengers are safe on the road.
Once a month, check your tire pressure and the condition of your tires. Always make sure the pressure is full. Under or overfull tires can cause them to wear faster. If you see that the rubber is chinked, cracking, or missing chunks, it’s time to have your tires rotated, which you should do with your routine oil change. If they’re looking bald you may need to replace them entirely, since this will affect your brake performance.
Engine Oil and Filter
Every three months, or sooner if called for by your owner’s manual, make sure you check the engine oil and filter. Make sure the engine has been off for at least 5 minutes to make sure that the oil being pumped around the engine has time to drain back into the pan. Motor oil lubricates parts inside your engine and if your levels are low, you could be causing excess wear and tear on your engine.
A dead battery is a real bummer. And while most times this happens because we leave our lights on, corroded battery terminals can also cause this problem. Check your battery every few months to make sure that there is no acid build up on your terminals (this will look like a white/blue/greenish powder). Once corroded, your battery will lose electrical contact with the cables that power it and your car will randomly fail to start, which can leave you unpleasantly stranded.
Safely driving at night requires functioning headlights. Make sure you keep an eye on these whenever you’re on the road. A quick way to check is to just throw them on while you’re stopped behind another vehicle and look at the reflection. If a bulb is out, get it replaced.
Brake and transmission fluids should be checked once a year. You’ll also need to keep an eye on your levels of coolant and windshield washer fluid. The best way not to forget to check any of them is the write it on the calendar, or quickly going over everything when you check your engine oil every three months.
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Taking care of your vehicle means it will take care of you. So while Team Acme can’t help you with your routine maintenance, we urge you to be aware of your vehicle and to visit your local mechanic for preventative care. This will keep you safe and save you money from costly repairs in the future.